If ongoing pain is part of your everyday life, you don’t have to live with it. At Innovative Pain Specialists in Arlington Heights and Libertyville, Illinois, board-certified pain management specialists Paul Marsiglia, DO, Demetrios Louis, MD, and their skilled team offer radiofrequency ablation to reduce pain without addictive pain medications or invasive procedures. Call the office to learn more or book an appointment online today.
Radiofrequency ablation is a pain management solution that uses electric currents to heat nerve tissues and reduce pain signals to your brain. It’s a popular treatment for people struggling with back or neck pain and produces long-lasting relief.
To find out if you’re a candidate for radiofrequency ablation, your Innovative Pain Specialists provider discusses your symptoms, reviews your medical history, checks your vital signs, and completes a physical exam. They may also recommend you complete X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures, as well as blood tests, nerve tests, or additional diagnostic tests.
Radiofrequency ablation may be the right solution if you struggle with ongoing neck pain, back pain, or other types of discomfort and you don’t respond to physical therapy and other noninvasive treatments.
During radiofrequency ablation procedures, you receive medicine to help you stay relaxed and calm.
Your pain specialist numbs targeted tissues before ablation to ensure you don’t feel any discomfort; then, they insert a very fine needle and electrode into the area and ask if you feel a tingling sensation. This preliminary step helps them identify the most appropriate spot for treatment.
Your provider then sends radiofrequency currents through electrodes to heat nerve tissues and diminish pain signals.
After undergoing radiofrequency ablation, you can go home the same day, but you must have a friend or family member drive you there. Temporary side effects may include numbness in your legs, weakness, and swelling or bruising at the treatment site. Avoid strenuous activity until your provider permits you to do so.
You can usually return to normal activities the day after radiofrequency ablation. You may notice reductions in pain lasting 6-12 months or longer, but every patient is different.
Yoru pain specialist could recommend radiofrequency ablation in addition to other pain-management solutions. They personalize each treatment to give you the best outcome and change your treatment regimen if needed.
To learn more about radiofrequency ablation and find out if it’s the right treatment for you, call the nearest Innovative Pain Specialists office or schedule an appointment online today.